Say Yes to Lewis & Clark

Congratulations on your acceptance to Lewis & Clark! We are excited to welcome you as a member of our community on the most beautiful college campus in the country. There are so many reasons why we think you should choose L&C. Here’s our insider’s guide to life on Palatine Hill that will give you all the insight you need to say YES to L&C.

You Belong at Lewis & Clark

 We support all new students—first year and transfer—throughout their entire first year, not just when they arrive on campus. We believe that fostering a sense of belonging as you transition to college is one of the most important things we can do as an institution. Our First-Year Experience program connects you to resources and hosts events that help you find your place at Lewis & Clark.

This support starts over the summer, and ramps up during the five-day New Student Orientation. You will engage in fun and informative activities to learn about academics, resources, social outlets, community engagement, and more.

During NSO, you will also be assigned to a small cohort of other new students, led by a peer mentor. Your group will meet regularly throughout orientation, will be the same peers in your Core Seminar class (for first-year students), and will connect for programming throughout the year. Your mentor will also facilitate check-ins with you throughout the year.

  • Being a member of New Student Orientation is one of my fondest memories on campus. It is rewarding to see new students explore what interests them on campus and form connections with each other during the first few weeks of school.

    Grace Marchant BA ’25
    Philosophy | Probably Gender Studies | Upland, California
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  • I met some of my best friends during the week of New Student Orientation my first year. Something funny about my friend group is that out of the 10 of us, there is no overlap between majors. I guess we are the perfect example of a liberal arts college friend group!

    Burton Scheer BA ’25
    English | Gender Studies | Gainesville, Florida
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Residential Life

Most new students live in Copeland, Platt-Howard, or Akin. Take quick video tours of those three residence halls, and get all the details on the Campus Living website.

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Akin houses up to 85 students on two floors in double occupancy rooms. Each floor has a large lounge and kitchen. The hall is home to the Social Change Living-Learning Community.

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Copeland consists of seven connected wings, and each wing has up to four floors consisting of 8 to 13 people. Rooms are singles, doubles, triples, and quads. A kitchen and bathroom complete every floor, and lounges can be found throughout every wing. Copeland is also home to the Holistic Wellness Living-Learning Community.

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Platt-Howard Halls have double, triple, and quad rooms. Platt houses the Platteau—a student-run art center—and the Visual and Performing Arts Living-Learning Community. Howard is home to the Global Languages and Cultures Living-Learning Community.

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Lewis & Clark’s undergraduate campus has four locations to grab meals, coffees, and snacks, and you can choose from a variety of selections to accommodate your dietary needs and restrictions. There are several meal plan choices, but the most popular selection for first-year students is 14 meals with flex points.

Get Involved and Find Your People

 One of the most frequently used words when our students describe L&C is “community,” and frankly, we’re not surprised. (Another one is “beautiful,” but that’s just a given.)

Our 110+ student-led clubs and organizations play a huge role in building that community on campus. At Lewis & Clark, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to join clubs where you will develop lifelong friendships through shared interests, discover new passions, or recruit others to start a brand-new organization.

  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> I have made many amazing friends through classes and the various programs I am a part of. I am a College Outdoors trip leader, part of the Hawai‘i Club, played on the Artemis Ultimate Frisbee team for two years, and enjoy going to Paddle Club every Wednesday.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18329-lilah-shapiro">Lilah Shapiro BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Pahoa, Hawai‘i</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> I am the copresident of the Chinese Club. My Chinese friends and I will meet once every two weeks and decide on activities for students to join and enjoy.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18350-polly-ren">Polly Ren BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Shanghai, China</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I find community in my loving football family, my beautiful Black people, my amazing resident advisor staff, and my significant other.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16648-dj-smith">DJ Smith BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Las Vegas, Nevada</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> There are so many opportunities to join clubs, and it’s super easy to create your own! College Outdoors allows me to go on fun trips on the weekends. I also know a lot of people who live in the Living-Learning Communities, and they love the sense of community it provides.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18359-cadyn-schenk-turner">Cadyn Schenk-Turner BA ’26</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Charlotte, North Carolina</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> I really can’t overstate how important the Queer Student Union was to making me feel comfortable and welcome on campus. Getting together with fellow queer L&C students each week and planning activities together meant so much to me, and did wonders for my sense of community.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19756-terin-trachtenberg">Terin Trachtenberg BA ’21</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Lincoln City, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> The biggest factor in finding my community on campus were my Spanish language classes, where I made lifelong friends.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19797-yancee-gordon">Yancee Gordon BA ’21</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Salem, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I always find community at the dining hall. For some reason, there is something unifying about coming together to share a meal in the same space. Even though you might not know everyone, it still feels nice to sit with your friends and see your community around you.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14638-natalie-zoz">Natalie Zoz BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Lincoln, Nebraska</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the joys of a liberal arts education is constantly meeting and connecting with people from all backgrounds and interests.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14673-elana-goff">Elana Goff BA ’22</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Palo Alto, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> I found my community with my neighbors in my dorm. As the years went on, we<br/> stayed in the same dorms and lived next door to one another all the way through<br/> graduation. The group of friends I made the first week of college are my closest<br/> friends to this day.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19788-lauren-fleming">Lauren Fleming BA ’19</a><br/></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Because L&C is a liberal arts school, classes will often contain people from a wide variety of majors. This makes it feel like I’m always finding new people to meet in my classes, while also seeing a lot of familiar faces in my major-specific classes.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14637-william-lew">William Lew BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">San Ramon, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I am on Lewis & Clark’s Artemis Ultimate Frisbee team, which is my strongest community. The team supports each other on and off the field. I feel like I always have someone to talk to when I need it and vice versa.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16682-helen-guyton">Helen Guyton BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Cologne, Germany</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> I have found an overwhelming amount of support at Lewis & Clark.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18355-helena-brown">Helena Brown BA ’26</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Billings, Montana</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> Lewis & Clark is a great community. I met many great friends and I am part of a few clubs/organizations on campus (i.e., Arabic Club, MENA Student Union, and the TCK Club). The professors are very supportive as well.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20480-jana-qasem">Jana Qasem BA ’26</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Tigard, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> While researching L&C, I felt like almost every single thing was grabbing my attention. The student clubs, community, various events and possibilities for integration, support, and genuine happiness and satisfaction that was apparent in the students. </p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17735-kenan-imamovic">Kenan Imamovic BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The small class sizes not only encourage students to build relationships with their professors, but with their peers as well.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19767-zoe-maughan">Zoë Maughan BA ’19</a><br/></p></blockquote>

Pacific Northwest Playground

 A huge advantage to Lewis & Clark’s location in Portland is our immediate access to the stunning Pacific Northwest. Our College Outdoors program will take you on adventures like hiking, mushroom-hunting, cross-country skiing, backpacking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, nature meditation, and more, all while you get to connect with your peers in nature. No experience or gear are necessary!

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Leadership Opportunities

There’s more to College Outdoors than just fun trips. Their robust leadership program provides a structured way to build skills that apply indoors and out.

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New Student Trips

All students have an opportunity to launch their Lewis & Clark career in a fun and adventurous way by going on a New Student Trip just before arriving on campus for orientation. You’ll be able to form great friendships, connect with nature, and learn new skills, all before heading to the nonstop activity on campus.

  • My New Student Trip was great. I became super close with the other students, and it helped so much to start school with a support system already in place.

    Jemma Montgomery BA ’23
    Biology | Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • Going on a New Student Trip was really beneficial as a gentle yet adventurous transition from high school into college. My NST introduced me to other incoming students as well as current ones, so when the school year started I had already established a group of people with whom I could comfortably spend time.

    Erika Hutchinson BA ’22
    English | Japanese | Fort Collins, Colorado
    More about Erika
  • I loved my New Student Trip. It is a great opportunity to branch out and meet new people, as well as enjoy outdoor activities before settling down in your new home.

    Alex Wally BA ’23
    Psychology | Seattle, Washington
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 Our varsity student-athletes are a big, 21-sport family, with room for club sports and intramural athletes, too. Supported by coaches, trainers, and tutors, the athletic community at Lewis & Clark is noteworthy in its strength.

The Liberal Arts Advantage

 Lewis & Clark’s liberal arts education gives you the opportunity to take a wide variety of classes and explore connections across disciplines. Our academics are challenging and rigorous, but you will be supported every step of the way. All of your classes will be grounded in critical thinking, written and verbal communication, teamwork, and problem solving. You’ll draw on these skills throughout your life, no matter where you work or what you do.

Your general education courses—which account for approximately one-third of your total coursework—can be both a pathway to discovering your major and a complement to the specialized classes you will take within your major.

First-year students: our innovative Core Seminar consists of two courses: Words and Numbers. In each of these courses, you will explore a specialized topic with a faculty member and the same peers from your New Student Orientation group.

  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I think of studying the liberal arts as a way to explore connections between different subjects and gain an understanding of how to approach problems from multiple directions using several different perspectives.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16685-drew-blauth">Drew Blauth BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Redlands, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> Earning a liberal arts degree has given me the foundation to understand the social sciences and humanities on a broader scale. My education has transcended all aspects of my life.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17388-sam-helms-galbraith">Sam Helms-Galbraith BA ’21</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Chandler, Arizona</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">By building a curriculum that has the goal of giving students exposure to classes they otherwise wouldn’t take, we are exposed to new ideas and new perspectives that make us more whole.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16642-zoe-sanderson">Zoë Sanderson BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Eugene, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> A liberal arts education encourages students to take classes from multiple disciplines and find connection and commonalities through seemingly disparate topics.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19797-yancee-gordon">Yancee Gordon BA ’21</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Salem, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Studying the liberal arts is an opportunity to break from the traditional mold of education. I like the fact that I can do multiple things at once.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16648-dj-smith">DJ Smith BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Las Vegas, Nevada</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> The breadth of knowledge gained from the liberal arts experience allows people to draw really interesting connections between sometimes seemingly disparate topics, and can lead to better, more creative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18377-raiven-greenberg">Raiven Greenberg BA ’17</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Huntington Beach, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The liberal arts present numerous opportunities to grow as an individual, both academically and socially. You are engaged with many people outside of your academic focus, and are encouraged to take advantage of courses offered outside of your major.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16644-annabelle-rousseau">Annabelle Rousseau BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Modesto, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The liberal arts are all about drawing connections. Every</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">field of study</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">is so interconnected and L&C is all about embracing that.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18309-jemma-montgomery">Jemma Montgomery BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Minneapolis, Minnesota</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> The liberal arts prioritize well-rounded and balanced education. You’re encouraged to go outside your field of interest and try new things without sacrificing your major’s goals.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17729-luz-vazquez">Luz Vazquez BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">San Francisco, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> I was excited to come to L&C by the prospect of exploration that a liberal arts education provides. </p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19794-carley-laplaca">Carley LaPlaca BA ’22</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Santa Clara, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> Part of being at a liberal arts college is the diversity in subject matter, but what I love most about studying English and biology is exploring the area where the two intersect; the power of the written word and the diversity of life on our planet inspire me like no other. </p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18342-liv-nicks-turnley">Liv Nicks-Turnley BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta"> Longmont, Colorado</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> The liberal arts brings a lot of different students together who are studying different topics. I believe this diversity enhances every type of class.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18331-arielle-bloom">Arielle Bloom BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Portland, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A liberal arts education allows you to explore a variety of topics. I have been able to try new things and see how all of my courses are connected with each other.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16647-adam-schwarz">Adam Schwarz BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Daly City, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> I describe the liberal arts as being strongly based on independent thinking with an emphasis on inclusivity and challenging what we are told is right.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14604-alie-cicero">Alie Cicero BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Arcadia, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The liberal arts are an opportunity to learn how to build a community. They teach the value of communication, problem solving, and adaptability. By opening myself up to different perspectives and opinions, I have learned how to look beyond myself and understand that there are a million different ways of looking at a problem.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16676-laura-everson">Laura Everson BA ’22</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Sitka, Alaska</span></p></blockquote>

Careers in Training

 Your learning doesn’t stop when you set foot outside the classroom. Lewis & Clark has robust experiential and hands-on learning opportunities so you can jumpstart your career as an undergrad. Internship sponsors and employers value the critical thinking and problem solving skills that liberal arts students bring to the table—and Lewis & Clark can help you get a seat.

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International Affairs Symposium Focuses on Control

The 62nd annual Lewis & Clark International Affairs Symposium is one of the oldest student-run symposia in the country. This year’s event, which runs from April 8 to April 10, is titled Strings Attached: Tracing the Global Systems That Bind.

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Lewis & Clark Extends Its Run as a Top Fulbright Producer

For the seventh time in 10 years, Lewis & Clark has been named one of the top producers of Fulbright Award winners in the country, according to the U.S. Department of State. With four Fulbright grants in 2023–24, Lewis & Clark is in the Top 50 baccalaureate producers of student Fulbrights in the nation.

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Entrepreneurial Thinking, Networking, and Pitching on Display at Winterim 2024

In mid-January, the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership hosted its annual entrepreneurial workshop, known as Winterim. The event brought 29 students to campus prior to the start of spring semester for a week of learning, networking, and mentoring, which culminated in a pitch competition for $13,000 in prizes.

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Career Pathways: One Student. Two Alumni. One Renewable Energy Company.

Lena Essak BA ’24 spent her summer as a paid community relations intern in the Portland office of EDP Renewables. Thanks to the Bates Center Summer Sustainability Internship course, she was able to learn, grow, and gain hands-on experience while working alongside two supportive Lewis & Clark alumni.

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Lewis & Clark Students Visit Meta in Seattle

Two Meta employees, who are also Lewis & Clark alumni, welcomed students to Meta’s Seattle office and shared their career stories.

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Paid Summer Research Enables Faculty-Student Collaboration

Over the summer, Lewis & Clark offers students paid, hands-on research experiences that rival those of graduate-level institutions.

Financial Aid

A private, liberal arts education is often more affordable than you think, and our Office of Financial Aid is here to help you every step of the way.

  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">My financial aid package made a college education achievable for my family and me. The generous aid I received was a motivating factor for me to attend L&C, so that I could have a wonderful education without graduating with mountains of debt.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16650-sofia-reeves">Sofia Reeves BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Sacramento, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> I always hoped I would get to attend a small liberal arts college, but I never thought it would be a real possibility until I saw the financial aid package Lewis & Clark offered me. The scholarships I was offered closed the gap between private and public education, allowing me to pursue my dreams the way I imagined.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20449-annabelle-samson">Annabelle Samson BA ’27</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Olympia, Washington</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> The scholarships and financial aid I was offered made it possible for me to choose Lewis & Clark.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19828-sophie-vigeant">Sophie Vigeant BA ’19</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Tomales, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> The generous financial aid package I received sealed the deal for me to choose L&C.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19658-bijou-macdonald">Bijou Macdonald BA ’21</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Broomfield, Colorado</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">L&C offered me a really generous financial aid package. I can’t tell you how impactful it was not to come out of school with a mountain of debt.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16540-spencer-byrne-seres">Spencer Byrne-Seres BA ’13</a><br/></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> L&C was one of the most generous in terms of financial aid, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to study abroad with the support of the school behind me. With L&C’s help, I’ve been able to prioritize my studies while also balancing a light part-time job.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18475-beau-staun-list">Beau Staun-List BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Topanga, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The generous merit-based awards and need-based financial aid at L&C were a significant reason for my pursuit of higher education at this fine academic institute.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16674-leo-mcnaughton">Leo McNaughton BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Milwaukie, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> My financial aid package not only made attending Lewis & Clark possible; it made me feel wanted, like L&C was a place I was meant to be.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20474-apollo-beaber">Apollo Beaber BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Denver, Colorado</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> The financial aid package I received greatly influenced my decision to go to Lewis & Clark. Without it, I wouldn’t have the opportunities I have today.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20470-ainsley-rios">Ainsley Rios BA ’27</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Hillsboro, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An actual person from L&C called me to congratulate me on being accepted and receiving financial aid, which no other college did.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14620-alex-scioscia">Alex Scioscia BA ’21</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Alexandria, Virginia</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I chose Lewis & Clark because of the small class sizes and proximity to home, and I was offered a generous financial aid package.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16641-htoo-ray-wah">Htoo Ray Wah BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Portland, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">My financial aid package was a deciding factor in my decision to attend L&C. Without it, it wouldn’t have been possible for me to attend college, and I am so grateful to my scholarship donors.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16683-ashleen-smith">Ashleen Smith BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Madras, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> The financial aid package provided by Lewis & Clark made it so that not only I could attend a college in general, but that I would be able to attend my dream college! The scholarship I received changed everything and set me on a new path.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20424-ashtyn-aponte">Ashtyn Aponte BA ’26</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Milwaukie, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I wouldn’t have been able to attend school outside of my own state without federal and Lewis & Clark aid. The aid I’ve received has even made it possible for me to study abroad in Strasbourg, France.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16200-audrey-perry">Audrey Perry BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Lincoln, Nebraska</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> Lewis & Clark’s financial aid package was the best I received. I was blown away by the college’s active support and flexibility before I even accepted the offer to attend. It made me respect the school’s dedication to provide accessible education to students.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16676-laura-everson">Laura Everson BA ’22</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Sitka, Alaska</span></p></blockquote>

  • 96% 

    Within six months of graduation, 96% of the Lewis & Clark Classes of 2018–2022 were already changing the world through employment (76%), continuing studies (19%), and service work (1%), like the Peace Corps.

  • 97% 

    Ninety-seven percent of L&C undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance.

  • 4-5-6 

    Lewis & Clark’s 4-5-6 Commitment can help you make the most of your future.

Study Abroad 

 Our commitment to creating global citizens is evident in our unique approach to overseas study. Over 60 percent of our students participate on one or more of our 30+ study abroad programs offered on 6 continents.



You will study abroad for either a semester or full year, giving you a deeper context for understanding the world.



No matter what your major—even the sciences—you will be encouraged to study overseas. Athletes: this applies to you too!



The cost is comparable to a semester or year on campus and your financial aid applies.



You will receive full academic credit for all of our overseas programs, many of which are led by L&C faculty.

The Stage Is Calling

 Lewis & Clark is a great place to get creative. Whether you’re a maker, an audience member, a behind-the-scenes collaborator, or some of each, opportunities abound for you in the fine arts. Our conservatory-caliber faculty will train you to live your dream as a working artist, or nurture your desire to grow creatively while pursuing other life paths. With over 70 percent of our students involved in the arts during their time at L&C, we promise: there’s a place for your ideas and your voice here.

  • Artsy 

    Portland is the third most creative city in America, as reported by alumna Lizzy Acker BA ’05 for the Oregonian.

  • 5 

    The average L&C student graduates with an average of five arts courses.

  • 70% 

    70% of our students are involved in the arts.

  • 24% 

    Accomplishment in the arts is important to 24 percent of first-year L&C students, compared to 15 percent at peer institutions.

  • 53% 

    Fifty-three percent of our graduates have taken three or more arts courses.

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Our students practice the visual arts and study art in historical and theoretical contexts in an exciting learning environment. Lewis & Clark prepares you to pursue advanced degrees in graduate school; for careers as visual artists or in galleries, museums, or arts administration; and for a life enriched by the visual arts.

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Creative Writing

Lewis & Clark College has one of the longest-standing creative writing programs in America. Our faculty members have been recognized for excellence in teaching and have won some of the country’s most prestigious writing awards. Courses include poetry, fiction writing, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

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Performance and academic courses are taught by faculty who are distinguished performers, composers, and musicologists. Lewis & Clark will prepare you for further musical study, careers in music, and global citizenry. We offer merit-based music scholarships to all students who demonstrate skill and potential, regardless of their major.

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Rhetoric and Media Studies

Lewis & Clark’s rhetoric and media studies department is one of the first programs in the country to offer a major that integrates training in film/television studies with media and rhetorical analysis. Our students learn tools for understanding how public messages, images, texts, stories, conversations, and symbols work through challenging curriculum and collaborative research.

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Theatre and Dance

Over 1,000 students a year participate in theatre and dance as performers, designers, directors, writers, dancers, production crew, and audience members. Our production program invites all students, regardless of major, to participate in creating professional productions ranging from classics to contemporary work to musicals to original student-written work.

International Student Experience

 At Lewis & Clark, everyone in the International Students and Scholars office will know you by name, even before you arrive on campus. From student groups to specialized advising, you’ll be supported every step of the way.

  • I found my community on campus through the International Students and Scholars Office, which was honestly a home for us and a way of meeting other international students.

    Uwella Rubuga BA ’19
    Economics | Computer Science | Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    More about Uwella
  • The support and camaraderie that I experienced in the International Students and Scholars Office helped me find a sense of belonging and made L&C feel like a home away from home.

    Hanna Lyubinina BA ’19
    Computer Science and Mathematics and Psychology (double) | Concord, California
    More about Hanna
  • I feel like the international community at L&C is stronger than many of my other college choices.

    Farjad Madataly BA ’25
    Computer Science and Mathematics | Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation | Antananarivo, Madagascar
    More about Farjad

Support and Wellness 

 At Lewis & Clark, we are committed to the success and wellness of each of our students, and we offer support in many forms: academic, mental, physical, spiritual, and more.


Palatine Support Network

Lewis & Clark’s Palatine Support Network—a peer-led, free mental health resource—supports our students through group dialogue and fun activities, like this Goats on the Glade event.


Rest Is Resistance

Lewis & Clark’s Group Nap, inspired by Tricia Hersey and The Nap Ministry, is sponsored by the Office of Spiritual Life as a way to hold space for rest. Whether that means sleep, deep breathing, meditation, or something else entirely, our students are able to engage in a moment of rejuvenation.

Parents and Families

 Parents, we care about you, too! Our Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement offers an information hub of resources, and is always available to answer any questions.

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